Eldorado Canyon has a long history. From early Spanish explorers to the Native Americans, the canyon was home to the native people and those seeking their fortunes. The Spanish found silver but never did find the gold deposits they were seeking. Today Techatticup is a popular tourist site and a great place for those seeking old and historic subjects to photograph.
Prospectors found their way to Eldorado Canyon by way of the Colorado River and by the 1860s it was home to prospectors and Civil War deserters, who found the canyon a great place to hide out. Interestingly the canyon had a population of nearly 300 people the future city of Las Vegas only had 40 inhabitants.
It was a ruthless and lawless land with fights over gold, women, claim jumping, and countless incidents of vigilante justice. There was no sheriff in the area with the closest living 200 miles away by horseback. Eldorado Canyon was one of the earliest and richest mining districts in Nevada. The mine was started around 1858 and lasted until 1945 when it was abandoned. During this time the mines produced about $5 million dollars worth of ore. (Below are images from my visit this year)